A little while ago I wrote a post called Pretty Damn Lucky about how minimalism is a choice for us. I stand by everything I said in that post, but then, I think there may be more to explore. Like maybe minimalism isn’t a choice. Not for us anyway.
Seem a little contradictory? Allow me to explain. I’ve pontificated on the idea that choosing to stick to a meager budget is a privilege. Here’s another thought, sort of at the other end of the spectrum: would I still choose minimalism if I had loads of money?
Right now, what I love most about minimalism is that we don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck. Since we’re living so frugally, I can feel free to take time off from work, and I can still watch our savings account grow. Yes, we’re lucky. There are plenty of people who live as frugally as us and still live paycheck to paycheck because their paychecks aren’t as big, or they have more mouths to feed, etc. But anyway…
Given that my main motivation for minimalism is financial independence, I have to ask myself if I would still choose minimalism if I were already financially independent. Part of me thinks I would, because there is more freedom than just financial freedom. Having less stuff means cleaning the house goes faster. Less clutter equals a less cluttered mind. But then money can pay for things like cleaners and organizers. So I really don’t know if I would have found minimalism if I had money. I guess I’m lucky not to have that much money.